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McIntosh is part of the U.S. Tennis Association’s effort to reach out to military members and introduce them to physical and psychological benefits of tennis. Next Monday is Military Day at the U.S. Open and McIntosh will work in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where there will be wounded soldiers watching from the suites.

“My big picture is just to honor those guys who have been injured just like I was and say, `You guys can still do anything you want,’ `’ McIntosh said.

His accident occurred four months and three days before his son, Kaden, was born. McIntosh said he was in a hurry to start walking, then running again so he could be up to full speed before the baby had a chance to note there was anything “different” about Dad.

“When I was growing up, my dad was always my coach, always right by my side. That’s what I want to do with my son,” McIntosh said.

He currently works as the adaptive sports coordinator in the Army, helping wounded soldiers get back into sports while they recover from their injuries.

If things work out, McIntosh wants to take a break from that job and start training seriously for the 2016 Paralympics. A major step will come next year at the Warrior Games, where, if he performs well enough, he could get financial help for his training.

For now, though, his focus is at Flushing Meadows. And though tennis had never been his thing before this year, the idea of helping others while challenging himself is a natural fit.

“It does coincide, because that’s who I am,” he said. “If you need anything out of me, I’m going to do it, no matter what.”